How the East Influenced Drug Prohibition

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Windle, J. 2013. How the East Influenced Drug Prohibition. The International History Review. 35 (5), pp. 1185-1199.
AuthorsWindle, J.
Abstract

In much of the academic literature drug prohibition is often described as an American,
or at least a Western, construct. This paper shows how prohibitions were enforced in
Asian countries while the United States and Western Europe were routinely trading
opium. The concept of prohibition being a distinctly American construct is, therefore,
flawed. Furthermore, Western missionaries to China are often credited as important
actors in the formulation of Western prohibitions. These missionaries may, however,
have been influenced by the prohibitionist ideals of the peoples they were trying to
convert to Christianity. This paper does not dispute the importance of American
pressure on the global spread of prohibition but rather seeks to add balance to its
historiography, by elucidating how Western prohibitions were pre-dated, and possibly
influenced, by Eastern prohibitions.

JournalThe International History Review
Journal citation35 (5), pp. 1185-1199
ISSN1949-6540
0707-5332
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2013.820769
Publication dates
Print22 Aug 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Feb 2016
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International History Review on 22.08.13, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07075332.2013.820769
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